Thursday, December 10, 2009
Not The Best Of 2009: DISAPPOINTMENT #4
One friend said, and I'm paraphrasing, he knows he's supposed to like the last three "important" Dylan albums, but "Together Through Life" is more musical. More fun. Another friend said, "I hate all those fucking Dylan albums. Gimme 'Highway 61'."
My feeling is this...I would rather watch Dylan read a magazine than listen to most other singer-songwriters. I am fascinated by his every move. As for those "important" Dylan albums--"Time Out Of Mind," "Love & Theft," and "Modern Times"---I think they would have made one brilliant Dylan album. They were all overrated. (Just a little) Still, I prefer Dylan when I don't get him right away. I want to think. I want it to be difficult. If I want "fun" and "musical," I'll put on The Monkees.
"Together Through Life" seems rushed. No one liked "Down In The Groove" or "Under A Red Sky," and each of those has some "fun" and "musical" stuff on them. Is "Wiggle Wiggle" really any worse than "Shake Shake Mama?" And doesn't anyone care that "Beyond Here Lies Nothing," the record's first single, is "Black Magic Woman?"
It's not without its winners. "Forgetful Heart" and "This Dream Of You" both knock me out, and could easily be included on the "important" albums. But to my ears, "Together Through Life," even if taken lightly...even if you admit not everything has to be "Hattie Carroll," is still not a very good record.
Here's my perfect, new millenium, Dylan album:
Cold Irons Bound
This Dream Of You
Lonesome Day Blues
When The Deal Goes Down
Not Dark Yet
Workingman's Blues #2
Make You Feel My Love
I'd put this mix up, but it's easy enough to do yourself, and frankly, I'm not quite sure I'd get away with it.
Enjoy this instead!
I forgot I had this gem. I'm not even sure where I got it from. But here is the complete and unedited performance of The Black Crowes on VH-1's "Hard Rock Live." Sound is incredible, and I believe it features at least 2-3 unaired performances.
Remedy (FALSE START)
Only A Fool
Thorn In My Pride
She Talks To Angels
By Your Side
Hard To Handle
Twice As Hard
Kickin' My Heart Around
By Your Side (FASTER)
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 4:22 AM